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I knew I had to perform - Doneil

5 March 2015

Rovers' new signing Doneil Henry certainly had a day to remember after an eventful few hours for the defender.

The 21-year-old started the day preparing to be part of Sam Allardyce's squad for the West Ham verses Chelsea match at Upton Park, and ended it with a first senior appearance in English football in Rovers colours after signing on a month-long loan deal.

But the young Canadian might not have even made the match at Hillsborough after catching the wrong train on his way up from London to meet up with his new team-mates.

Henry didn't arrive at the team hotel until 4pm, but less than six hours later he was walking off the Hillsborough turf with his head held high after an impressive debut display that helped Rovers to all three points.

Speaking after the 2-1 win, Henry said: "My mind was focusing on the Chelsea fixture that we had tonight and meeting my team and getting ready to go to the hotel.

"Then I got the call from the manager saying that a good opportunity had come up and that Blackburn is really interested in taking you on a loan deal.

"I was excited because I want to play games, so my day was about getting my gear, then getting on the train, getting on the wrong train, getting off at Leicester, then getting back on!

"Gary asked if I was comfortable and am I ready? Am I up to it? 100 per cent. I've been waiting for an opportunity to play some football and when it came I knew I had to perform."

Leading 2-0 at the break after a dominant first half, Rovers had to show battling qualities in the second half to prevent the Owls from registering a third consecutive victory.

But Henry and the rest of the team defended like heroes to claim all three points for the Lancashire club.

"These are the games where you can really see when defending is really vital," added Henry. "Yes they scored late on us, but the guys were really solid, we knew what we wanted to do and again it was great to get the result.

"I'm just happy that the day is now over and the team is successful. The fans were great, the guys have been great since I got the call from Gary this morning, I really felt welcome."


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